January 29, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – Tennis Canada announced Wednesday the team that will compete in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie between Canada and Serbia. The tie will be played on February 8 and 9, 2014 at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex in Montreal.
Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON), Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON), and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) have been selected by captain Sylvain Bruneau to represent Canada.
“The team that will defend Canada’s colours consists of experienced players on the international scene,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. “The girls are ready to take on the tough challenge that awaits them against Serbia and move one step closer to the World Group.”
Bouchard returns to Montreal after rocking the tennis world by reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open last week and reaching a career-high ranking of no. 19. The 19-year-old made her Fed Cup debut in 2011 and has a record of seven wins and two losses. Last year in Kiev, Bouchard won two matches despite an injured ankle, including the decisive doubles with Fichman to give Canada a place in World Group II for the first time since 2010.
Dabrowski, the country’s top doubles player at no. 61 on the WTA rankings, reached her first two WTA doubles finals in 2013 at Brussels and Linz in addition to winning two doubles titles of the ITF Challenger Circuit. This is Dabrowski’s third nomination on the Canadian Fed Cup team. She holds a perfect 3-0 record.
Fichman enjoyed the best season of her career in 2013, breaking the Top 100 for the first time at no. 95. In her first tournament of 2014 at Auckland, Fichman collected her first WTA doubles title. In Fed Cup, Fichman boasts an impressive 22-7 record since making her debut in 2005 at the age of 14. Against Ukraine last April, Fichman defeated Top 50 player Lesia Tsurenko and won the decisive doubles match with Bouchard.
Wozniak will be playing her first Fed Cup tie since 2011 because of injury. A member of the Canadian squad since 2004, she is one of the most prolific players in Canadian Fed Cup history with her 37-9 career mark. Wozniak’s 37 wins is a Canadian Fed Cup record as are her 29 victories in singles.
Canada will have the chance to avenge the 3-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Serbia in 2011. The tie was played indoors on hard court in Novi Sad. The two countries had met only once before that in 1980 and it was Serbia, then known as Yugoslavia, who came away with a 2-1 win.
TVA Sports will be the official French broadcaster of the Fed Cup tie between Canada and Serbia. Sportsnet will be the official English broadcaster and will carry all of the weekend’s matches live.
Tickets for the tie can be purchased by calling 1-855-TENNIS-0 (1-855-836-6470). Prices start at $25 and $15 for students.
Schedule for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas tie between Canada and Serbia
Saturday February 8, 2014 3 p.m. Two singles matches
Sunday February 9, 2014 1 p.m. Two singles matches followed by a doubles match